A pediatrician recently arriving in town has been providing annual check-ups and appointments to local children and parents for the last couple of months. Dr. Paul Hessler is a new addition to the United Medical Centers San Felipe Clinic staff.
Hessler arrived in Del Rio and began with a slow schedule, but now he’s booked with approximately 18-22 patients per day. Nearly half of his appointments consist of parents bringing in children for their well-child visit schedule.
Children begin well-child visit appointments with a pediatrician as newborns, and follow up at the two-week, two-month, four-month, six-month, nine-month, 12-month, 15-month, 18-month, two-year, two-and-a-half year, three-year and four-year marks. After a child turns four-years-old, well-child visit appointments are scheduled annually, Hessler said.
Hessler also sees many types of symptoms in young patients. “Any symptom you can think possibly imagine: fever, cough, runny nose, rash, vomit, diarrhea, fatigue,” Hessler said.
Parents can set up an appointment at the United Medical Centers San Felipe Clinic with Dr. Hessler, by calling at (830) 768 4800, or they can stop by the center at 1117 West De la Rosa St. “They can come in … and if there’s space (the day of) we can fit them in,” Hessler said.
Questions related to a child’s health can also be discussed with Hessler via appointment.
Hessler’s decision to join the medical field stems from his childhood and watching his dad work as a physician. “He was a radiologist and growing up it was always something I figured I would go into,” Hessler said.
During his time in medical school, Hessler felt he did not have anything in common with older patients. “I just didn’t feel like I had anything in common with them,” Hessler said.
Hessler considers himself a “big kid,” due to his calm and cheerful personality. He felt a good connection with younger patients in the pediatric field, he said.
Hessler is much happier in Del Rio, in comparison to Houston where he previously worked. The drier climate, low amount of traffic and the chance to see the stars at night are some perks in Hessler’s perspective.
Del Rioans have treated Hessler very well and are very appreciative of his services, according to him. “(Del Rio’s) much more relaxed and people are nicer,” Hessler said.